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Sonoma gets an ‘F’ for lack of smoking rules

They didn’t know they were being graded, but Sonomans got an “F” anyway for not doing enough about smoking.

The failing grade comes from a report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association that seeks to assess how much, or how little, cities and counties are doing to curb smoking based on local legislative efforts.

For example, Marin County gets an “A” for its robust anti-smoking rules, according to the report titled “State of Tobacco Control 2014.” Those rules include a 2012 ordinance prohibiting smoking at all public places within county jurisdiction. In addition, at least 80 percent of guest rooms at all hotels and motels within unincorporated Marin County “must be permanently designated as completely non-smoking,” the ordinance states.

Despite such rules, “The battle to reduce tobacco use has all but stalled in most cities and counties in the North Coast,” the association said in a statement released Wednesday along with the report. And while the county of Sonoma received a “B” for its anti-smoking efforts, the city got a lowly “F,” with virtually no points awarded in any of several categories.

It joins two other towns in the county, Cloverdale and Cotati, that “haven’t done really any updates since the mid-’90s” when it comes to regulating smoking, said Pam Granger, north coast advocacy manager of the American Lung Association in California. “I can’t really tell you why that is.”


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